Women’s Cricket Team Registers 571-Run Victory In 50-Over Game


The South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) Premier cricket league in Australia saw an amazing women’s match as one team registered an incredible 571-run victory. Northern Districts were playing against Port Adelaide in a SACA PC Statewide Super Women’s 1st Grade match, which turned out to be a nightmare for the latter. Batting first, Northern Districts posted a mammoth 596/3 in 50 overs, courtesy of four centuries. Tegan McPharlin (136 off 80 balls), Tabby Saville (120 off 56) and Sam Betts (124 not out off 71), as well as 15-year-old Darcie Brown (117 not out off 84), scored runs at will as the bowlers were sent on a leather hunt.

The first Northern Districts wicket fell at 249, followed by the next two wickets at 308.

In reply, Port Adelaide crumbled under pressure as they were bowled out for 25 in just 10.5 overs, with only eight players batting.

Port Adelaide has been struggling to compete in the tournament as they conceded 415 against Southern Districts the previous week.

Port Adelaide’s Pratibha Kapoor scored the highest, 9, as four of their players were dismissed for a duck.

Taylah Gregory ended the match with figures of 3/13 in five overs and Darcie R Brown returned with figures of 2/7 in 2.5 overs.

Port Adelaide cricket director Dean Sayers accepted that fact that they were understrength and were playing youngsters who weren’t up to A-grade level.

Earlier this year, New Zealand women’s team posted 490/4 against Ireland to register the highest score in an international 50-over game.



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Mohanlal Slammed By Kerala WCC Women’s Collective In Cinema Over Handling Of Dileep Case


Association of Malayalam Movie Artists, led by Mohanlal, was criticised from Women’s Collective in Cinema

Kochi: 

The Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA), led by actor Mohanlal, came under fire on Saturday from the Women’s Collective in Cinema (WCC) over the way the kidnapping case of an actress is being handled.

The WCC was formed last year by women drawn from various sectors of the film industry to fight for their cause, after they found that AMMA was not protecting their interests.

Actor Dileep is an accused in a kidnapping case that took place last year. The actor was in jail for 85 days and is now out on bail.

The WCC alleges that AMMA has not supported the victim, whereas Dileep has got all the backing.

Leading actress Revathy on Saturday said that many like her were shocked to hear Mohanlal address them as mere actresses.

“It really hurt us very much… he could have mentioned us by our name. We have now realized that AMMA’s executive committee is taking us for a ride and is not serious about the victim getting justice in the kidnapping case,” said Revathy, adding AMMA should be handled by responsible people.

Trouble stared soon after Mohanlal took over as AMMA President in June. He took Dileep back into the AMMA fold, prompting leading actresses, Rima Kallingal, Remya Nambisan and Geetu Mohandas quitting the AMMA in protest. Another 14 members announced their decision to quit, citing lack of fairness.

At Saturday’s press meet, Revathy, Padmapriya, Parvathy and the three actresses who quit AMMA and a few others were also present.

The decision on Dileep’s status has been left to the next general body meeting of AMMA.

“They (AMMA) use by-laws when they find it useful for their requirements and when it comes to our needs, they cling on by-laws,” said Parvathy.

Revathy said things are not clean in the Malayalam film industry, adding she was shocked to see a 17-year-old young girl knocking at her door and complaining about the way she was exploited.

“I will not name her, but things are bad in the industry,” said Revathy.

She said that none should take the actresses lightly, and that they would continue to expose the goings-on in the industry.

Beena Paul, who is vice-chairman of the state-run Kerala State Chalachitra Acadmey, said their intention is not to shame the industry.

“There are so many stories of victimization… slowly these will come out,” Ms Paul said.





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Archana Kamath Loses Table Tennis Bronze Play-Off, Women’s Hockey Team Suffers First Defeat


India endured a medal-less outing at the Youth Olympics after the gold rush of the previous three days as the women’s hockey team lost to Argentina and rising table tennis player Archana Kamath went down in the bronze medal match. Archana Kamath, who became the first Indian player to enter the semifinals of Youth Olympics, gave her all against Romania’s Andreea Dragoman before losing 11-8, 11-13, 9-11, 5-11, 9-11 in the semifinal played on Wednesday night (wee hours of Thursday in India).

The Indian under-18 women’s hockey team suffered its first loss of the Youth Olympics’ five-a-side competition, going down 2-5 to hosts Argentina. After three successive wins, India lost the toughest match they played in the event. 

Argentina opened the scoring with a seventh minute goal through Celina Di Santo. India’s Mumtaz Khan equalised soon after in the eighth minute but the hosts regained the lead in the 10th minute with a field goal by Sofia Ramallo. 

Just before the half time, Reet scored a fine field goal to draw level for India. The second period, however, was totally dominated by Argentina as they showcased brilliant attack that helped them score back-to-back in the 12th, 17th and 19th minute through Sofia, Josefina Rubenacker and Gianella Palet respectively. 

The Indian team will face South Africa in its fifth match of the competition. A little later in the day, the men’s hockey team too did not get the result it wanted, losing 3-4 to Australia in a keenly contested contest. 

Davis Miles, James Collins, Alistair Murray, Bradely Marais scored for Australia while India struck through Vivek Sagar Prasad, who found the net twice, and Shivam Anand. Both teams scored two goals each after Australia led 2-1 at half time. 

On Thursday morning, swimmer Advait Page disappointed in Heat 3, finishing seventh.    The medal-less day for India came after it won three historic gold medals in as many days. Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary won shooting gold medals after weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga gave India its first ever gold in Youth Olympics. India has also won three silver medals in the competition.    

Another medal could be assured if rising badminton star Lakshya Sen wins his semifinal against Japan’s Kodai Naraoka later on Thursday.



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Former World No. 1 Garbine Muguruza Calls For More Women’s Tennis On TV


The Spaniard, who is struggling to end a slump in form that has seen her slip to 15th in the world, welcomed a new five-year deal the WTA has signed with the Tennis Channel in the US which aims to boost coverage and attract more viewers to the women’s game.   

“I think it’s great, I think the more tennis we see is good,” the double Grand Slam champion said at the WTA Hong Kong Open as she prepared for her debut match at the tournament. 

“Sometimes I feel that (television) plays more men’s matches, not only in the United States but also in other countries, in Spain as well, and people need to see (women’s tennis) in order to have their daughters play.”

Muguruza told reporters she believed tennis — where the earning gender gap persists despite the Grand Slams offering equal prize money — was “lucky” to suffer less from sexism than other sports.

But she added it was important the women’s game achieved a higher profile.

“Just to see it on TV helps people to realise they’re is also a women’s side.”  

The women’s game was plunged into controversy at the US Open when losing finalist Serena Williams lashed out at umpire Carlos Ramos in spectacular fashion.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion lost in straight sets to Japan’s Naomi Osaka after a bad-tempered confrontation with Ramos that she later blamed on sexism.

Williams called Ramos a “thief” and a “liar” in a heated row with the Portuguese official that eventually saw her docked a game.

Williams later said women players could not get away with “even half of what a guy can

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The tournament also generated unwanted headlines after the United States Tennis Association admitted they were wrong to hand French player Alize Cornet a warning for slipping off her shirt on court after realising she had put it on back-to-front.

Muguruza, speaking on her 25th birthday Monday, admitted she had struggled for form in 2018 after two glorious years which had seen her clinch first the French Open in 2016 before being crowned Wimbledon champion last year.

“I’ve had a few injuries but every year you have something,” she said.

“I just think I’ve played a lot of matches that didn’t go my way, I’ve struggled in a few events and I couldn’t find the right quality of game to beat these opponents — and I’m still searching for it.”

She has already missed out on the WTA season finale in Singapore after a poor season, but said the Hong Kong field remained competitive despite world number six Osaka, who triumphed over Williams in New York, pulling out with a back injury.  

“There is a very good player who’s not going to play but I don’t think I have more chances now than before — there is a very tough draw.

“I have no expectation. I’m just trying to finish (the season) well.”



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Women’s Groups To Use Kavanaugh Rage To Urge Voters In US Midterm Polls


Protesters demonstrate against the swearing in of US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh (Reuters)

Washington: 

As women rallied at the US Capitol to protest Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court on Saturday, activist Linda Sarsour flew from Washington to Texas with her eyes on the next challenge: the November 6 congressional elections.

Ms Sarsour, a leader of the Women’s March organization, said it was time to harness women’s furor around Brett Kavanaugh to galvanize voters in races that will soon determine which party controls Congress.

“This is not the end,” Ms Sarsour, 38, said in a telephone interview. “I think the rage will be translated into mass voter turnout.”

Women’s March, which grew out of the massive January 2017 demonstrations protesting Donald Trump’s presidency, mobilized thousands of women during Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process over concerns about how the conservative judge would vote on issues such as abortion, and allegations that he sexually assaulted university professor Christine Blasey Ford when they were teenagers in 1982.

Ms Sarsour said the group will use its vast digital infrastructure to get hundred of thousands of women to support Democrats in dozens of US House of Representatives races and to target incumbent Senate Republicans Ted Cruz in Texas and Dean Heller in Nevada.

Polls show Cruz and Heller, who both voted for Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, in tight contests.

Planned Parenthood Action Fund, which advocates for women’s healthcare and abortion access, launched a digital ad in Nevada this week criticizing Heller for calling sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh a “hiccup” in the confirmation process.

Women are playing a key role in the first midterm election since Trump’s 2016 victory. Fueled by his statements about women and the #MeToo movement, a record number of women are running for Congress this year.

Women who live in suburbs, where some of the most competitive House races will be contested, have trended away from Republicans in recent polls and may be further energized by the Brett Kavanaugh debate.

Activists are also encouraged by the response to a crowdfunding effort focused on Republican Senator Susan Collins, a possible swing vote who ultimately voted for Kavanaugh. More than $3.2 million was pledged to help her future opponent in 2020, when the Maine senator is up for re-election.

“Starting tomorrow, it’s not unlikely we ask those 130,000 donors to start to support some of the Senate Democrats in really tough races this year,” said Liz Jaff, co-director of Be A Hero, which advocates for healthcare causes.

Jaff cited Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Claire McCaskill in Missouri, who both opposed Kavanaugh and face serious challenges in states won by Trump.

Conservative groups also vowed to keep the confirmation battle at the forefront of voters’ minds.

“Americans saw through the vilification of an exceptionally qualified nominee, and their senators will be held accountable,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of anti-abortion group, Susan B. Anthony List, said in a statement.

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England’s Sarah Taylor To Miss Women’s World Twenty20


England wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor will miss the Women’s World Twenty20 in the West Indies in November as she continues to manage her anxiety condition, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Friday. The 29-year-old, long regarded as the best wicketkeeper in women’s cricket, and a dynamic batsman as well, took nearly a year out of the game but returned to become a key member of the England team that won the 2017 50-over Women’s World Cup.

The ECB said a “mutual decision” had been made by Taylor and the England management for her to miss the tournament in the Caribbean, which starts on November 9.  

“Since the end of the summer Sarah hasn’t been able to train fully with the squad due to not being as fit as she would want to be from a psychological point of view,” said England women’s coach Mark Robinson in a statement.

“At the moment she isn’t in a place where we would all be comfortable that the demanding training, playing and travel schedule wouldn’t potentially put her backwards and make her road to full recovery longer,” he added.

“It’s important we see mental health in a similar way to a player with a physical injury. You wouldn’t risk a player if you felt that playing them with an injury would increase the chances of them being out for a long time or the issue even becoming career-threatening.”

Robinson said he hoped Taylor would be fit to play cricket again in the new year.

“Sarah will continue to train at Loughborough (in England’s national cricket centre) at a pace more suited to where she is right now with a view to hopefully being fully fit in the new year. 

“All of our players’ health and well-being is the most important thing and we must never lose sight of that in the intense and demanding world of professional sport.”

England won the inaugural Women’s World Twenty20 in 2009 and were beaten finalists in both 2012 and 2014.

The 2018 edition of the tournament will be the first time the women’s Twenty20 is a standalone event and not linked to a men’s competition.

England are in Group A, together with defending champions the West Indies, South Africa, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.



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Harmanpreet Kaur To Lead India In Women’s World Twenty20


Harmanpreet Kaur will be leading India in the Women’s World Twenty20 2018, which is to be played in the West Indies in November. The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) All-India Women’s Selection Committee picked the team on Friday. According to a BCCI release, the sixth edition of the tournament will be held in the West Indies from November 9 to 24. Apart from Harmanpreet, the Indian squad will also include veteran Mithali Raj and Smriti Mandhana, who has been sensational form this year.

India are placed in Group B along with Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Ireland in the 10-team event. The tournament kicks off with the match between India and New Zealand in Guyana on November 9.

India’s schedule:

India v New Zealand (Nov 9, Guyana)

India v Pakistan (Nov 11, Guyana)

India v Ireland (Nov 15, Guyana)

India v Australia (Nov 17, Guyana)

The squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (capt), Smriti Mandhana (vice-capt), Mithali Raj, Jemimah Rodrigues, Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, Tanya Bhatia (wk), Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Anuja Patil, Ekta Bisht, Hemlata, Mansi Joshi, Pooja Vastrakar, Arundhati Reddy.



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Women’s Panel Chief Swati Maliwal On Husband Naveen Jaihind’s Remarks On Haryana Rape


Swati Maliwal said she does not sympathise with her husband Naveen Jaihind’s statement. (File)

New Delhi: 

AAP’s Haryana unit chief Naveen Jaihind needs to control his anger, said his wife and Delhi Commission for Women Chairperson Swati Maliwal as she condemned his statement that he will give Rs 20 lakh to any BJP leader who gets sexually assaulted by 10 people.

Mr Jaihind made the remarks while condemning the BJP government in Haryana for giving only Rs 2 lakh as compensation to the Haryana gang rape victim.

Noting that the incident should shock the conscious of the nation, Ms Maliwal said she sympathises with the anger and pain of Mr Jaihind but not with his statement.

“I sympathise with his anger and pain but I do not sympathise with what he has spoken. I do not agree with his statement and I condemn it. I would suggest to Naveen Jaihind that it is okay that you are feeling angry but when you are in public space you need to control your anger. You need to be careful of what you are speaking,” she said.

The 19-year-old rape victim’s family had on Saturday decided to return a cheque of Rs 2 lakh handed over to them by officials under the Haryana Victim Compensation Scheme, 2013.

“Is a woman’s honours worth Rs 2 lakh?” Mr Jaihind told reporters in Rohtak on Tuesday. “Be ashamed, chief minister ‘sahab’.”

“We will give Rs 20 lakh to any BJP leader who gets raped by 10 people. Does woman’s honour have a value? (BJP ka koyee neta dus logon say ku-karam karvaye 20 lakh hum denge unko, arrey izzat ki koyee keemat hote hai kya),” he said.

The Aam Aadmi Party leader alleged that BJP government in the state has completely failed on the law and order and women safety front. 





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BJP’s Ram Kadam Apologises To Women’s Panel After Kidnap Women Remark


The official said that Ram Kadam, in his apology, likened women to “Lakshmi”. (File)

Mumbai: 

BJP legislator Ram Kadam has tendered an unconditional apology to the Maharashtra State Commission for Women for remarks made at a Dahi Handi function in suburban Ghatkopar earlier this month.

Mr Kadam, during the function held on September 3, had reportedly said that he would kidnap a girl even if she turns down the proposal of a boy.

The women’s commission had issued notice on September 5 and had demanded a reply from Mr Kadam within eight days.

“Following our notice, the legislator has tendered an unconditional apology. He has said that he would be respectful to women in future,” a women’s commission official said Monday.

The official said that Mr Kadam, in his apology, likened women to “Lakshmi” (goddess of wealth and fortune).

The official said that the commission’s future course of action on Mr Kadam’s remarks would be decided after seeking opinion from experts.





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Smriti Mandhana, Bowlers Guide Indian Women’s Team To Easy Win vs Sri Lanka in 1st ODI


The Indian women’s cricket team served out a dominant performance to register a nine-wicket win against Sri Lanka in the opening One-day International (ODI) match on Tuesday at Galle. Winning the toss, Sri Lanka opted to bat and were bowled out for a paltry 98. Veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami returned with figures of 2/13 in eight overs, while Mansi Joshi, who returned to the squad after an injury layoff, was the pick of the bowlers as she returned with the figures of 3/16 in 6.1 overs.

India, in reply, overhauled the target in just 19.5 overs. Openers Smriti Mandhana (73*) and Punam Raut (24) strung together a 96-run partnership to help India reach the target without much trouble.

Smriti Mandhana, who had a brilliant outing with Western Storm in the Women’s Super League earlier this year, continued her fine form as she scored her 12th ODI fifty. While Smriti did most of the scoring, Punam Raut supported her well by rotating the strike.

With just four runs required for India to win the match, Inoka Ranaweera struck to dismiss Punam.

By virtue of this victory, India jumped one spot to No.5 in the ICC Women’s Championship table.

For Sri Lanka, only three batters were able to reach the double figure run mark. Chamari Atapattu (33 off 93 balls), Dilani Manodara (12 off 19 balls), Sripali Weerakkody (26 off 32 balls).

Chamari Atapattu stitched together a 29-run partnership with Weerakkody to steady the Sri Lankan innings but Deepti Sharma dismissed the Sri Lankan captain to break the partnership. Other than this, the 19-run stand between Atapattu and Dilani Manodara was the only glimmer of hope for the hosts.

The second ODI will be played at the same venue on September on 13.



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